I decided this week to remake the first pattern I made successfully – as in, actually wore! – the Colette Jasmine. I definitely had beginners luck the first time round, especially with my fabric choice, which was a slightly sheer vintage flower print with a bit of stretch. It worked without any alterations, which was… Read More Colette Jasmine revisited
This was the first piece of vintage fabric I bought – about four years ago – and the piece that made me want to start sewing clothes. I’m glad I waited this long to use it – it was a nightmare to sew. Fortunately, I chose a simple pattern, a circle skirt on a yolk,… Read More How to make a simple skirt difficult
I’ve been meaning to replace my boring plain cream laundry bag for ages, and as this year is all about using up the stash and getting things done, here it is! This pattern, from the Great British Sewing Bee book, has some very nice details. There are two ties, which ‘drawstring’ at the sides, and… Read More Great British Sewing Bee laundry bag
I’ve had some vintage pale blue brushed cotton in my stash for a while. I had pyjamas in mind, but couldn’t decide on the top. The colour could be a bit hospital scrubs-y in a t-shirt. Then I made my green polka dot Maria Denmark Edith blouse, and a plan formed. Pairing a fitted blouse… Read More Edith Tofino pyjamas – a happy mixture
I love participating in swaps, and this is my fabulous parcel from Tanya of Mrs Hughes as part of the Sew Weekly Reunion. I think Tanya must be a mind reader! Simplicity 1801 has been on my wish list for a while – really like that neckline and the gathered shoulders. Self cover belts… Read More Sew Weekly Reunion pattern and notions swap
Some more pics from Corfu – my new Kelly skirt! The fabric is a very small piece of vintage drapey viscosey something-or-other, which I’d held on to, even though I didn’t think I had enough of it to make anything. One of the joys of the Kelly skirt is it uses very little fabric, and the… Read More Kelly skirt in the sea
The winner* of the halterneck pattern is shawntasews ! Congratulations, and your pattern will soon be on its way. The next pattern in my giveaway is this Simplicity shirt dress from 1966. It’s a size 14 and is fitted to the waist with darts, with long or short sleeve options. —————————- There are two ways to enter:… Read More Twelve in Twelve pattern giveaway – first winner!
A little while ago, one of my customers offered to send me her late mother’s stash of patterns. They arrived this week, accompanied by a lovely letter saying how delighted she was they were going to a good home. I’ll be adding many of them to my Twelve in Twelve giveaway so I’ve let her… Read More Wow! Vintage pattern stash arrives